Cherry Lime Mojito

25 Jun

Mojitos have become one of my favorite drinks – you can do so much with different flavors and ingredients to create a tasty cocktail. Plus, fresh mint is just plain awesome.

This drink is basically a grown up cherry limeade. The tart lime mixed with the sweet cherry and of course, the delicious rum, is a refreshing treat for the summertime heat. I first made these for me and my husband and we absolutely loved them. I’m currently visiting home – my mom and younger brother had never tried a mojito before so I made a few last night. It’s always fun to give people a taste of something new!

Cherry Lime Mojito

Ingredients:
2-3 cherries, pitted and quartered
3 mint leaves
1/4 lime cut into wedges
3/4 tsp turbinado sugar
1 oz white rum (2 oz if you like it stronger!)
1 cup carbonated water (lemon-lime flavored if possible! Sprite works too)

Yield: 1 drink

Directions:
Place cherries, mint, sugar, and lime in a tall glass. Muddle the ingredients together at the bottom of the glass. Add a few ice cubes and pour in the rum. Fill the glass the rest of the way with carbonated water and garnish as desired. Serve and enjoy!

Source: Seafield Farm

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One Response to “Cherry Lime Mojito”

  1. Joseph Tkach June 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Looks good, but I think you’d get much better results if you treated your mint a little more delicately. There are two very different flavors that you can extract from mint; the first is menthol, and the second is chlorophyll.

    Chlorophyll is bitter, and tastes like your front lawn, and when you muddle the mint, you’re releasing a lot of that into your drink. You probably noticed that this mojito had a bit of vegetal flavor, and the way to avoid that would be to muddle the cherries and limes just like you did, but then instead of muddling the mint, simply place the leaves in the palm of your hand and give them a good smack.

    That’s because all of the menthol is in little hair-like structures on the surface of the leaf, and they really just need a good whack to release them. After you slap the mint, put it in the glass with the other ingredients, including the rum, and give it a good stir before you top it with soda water.

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